CFIs Urged To Get Uncomfortable

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The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is challenging CFIs young and old to sharpen their own hand flying skills to pass that knowledge along to students. In an announcement at Sun ’n Fun 2019 the national association of instructors said it’s launching the SAFE CFI-PRO workshop to reduce the number of inflight loss of control (LOC-I) accidents, the major cause of GA accidents and fatalities. “Every CFI really needs to be on top of his or her game,” said SAFE board member David St. George.

He said in a podcast interview It’s time the full spectrum of instructors, from newly certificated to veterans, took their stick and rudder skills for a spin to aid the national effort to reduce the number of loss-of-control accidents. The organization has designed curriculum and a set of flight maneuvers for CFIs to practice and then use with students that will ultimately get them and their students out of their comfort zones. The first workshop will be held at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland and all CFIs are welcome to sign up. A new Web site, safecfipro.org explains the program and will feature a registration function in coming weeks.